Volunteering offers the chance for you to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around you. It provides you with an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experiences and knowledge, get involved in something you care about or get involved with something new. 

We link with many local charities to offer you a wide range of opportunities that fit around you and your commitments. You can volunteer on a long term basis or even for just a few spare hours!

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Please note that only people associated with the University can apply for our opportunities.


SU Volunteers are student volunteers who dedicate their time to either helping the community of Bolton or by supporting the work of Bolton Students' Union through our range of roles; Including Welcome Buddies during Freshers/Welcome Week, as student representatives and society leaders.

Being an SU Volunteer can be very rewarding as you are directly engaging with your peers, the wider Bolton community, staff and the Students' Union. You will gain valuable skills that will make you stand out from the crowd too, as volunteering sows you have passions & interests outside of your studied and/or main employment, and thar you have gone out of your way to do something extra and donate your time.

Through our volnteering programme, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in rewarding projects that we have built through our links with local organisations inluding youth work, charity fundraising and police and crime prevention. This is a fantastic way to contribute to the local community, enhahnce your student experience and gain brilliant new skills.


Why volunteer?

Volunteering not only offers the chance for you to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around you, but it also provides you with an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experiences and knowledge, get involved in something you care about or get involved with something new. 

Volunteering has many benefits including:

Giving your CV a boost 

Volunteering can make you more employable.   In a competitive job market, getting out there in the community can show that you’ve got:

  • Initiative
  • A social conscience
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Many students discover that volunteering is a life-changing experience and carry on long after they’ve graduated.
  • By supporting charitable and community causes you’ll show your ability to work as a member of a team, solve problems, show initiative and take on responsibility - which is hugely important to future employers.


Green Bolton creates environmental change on campus and the community by encouraging sustainable behaviours and providing opportunities to make positive environmental choices. Whether you have a love for food and gardening, recycling, or cycling, there are many ways to get involved with Green Bolton and sustainability on campus.

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Each year hundreds of students make a difference to the lives of local young people through schools volunteering; building their own skills and experience for the future as well. 

These opportunities provide invaluable experience for students looking to work with children, maybe those looking to pursue a career in teaching or those looking to give back to the local community. We have something for everyone, whether you just want to volunteer for a day on campus or would like to commit to a weekly volunteering in a local school or youth club.

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On and off campus there are charities and groups within making incredible changes to the community in which we live. They need people who care, people who can support them, people who have the drive and ability to make change and contribute to making Bolton an amazing place to study and live.

Bolton Students have a great reputation for making positive change in our community. You’re bright, you’re enthusiastic and you can make a difference. 

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Fancy helping Bolton Students' Union cover news that you feel is valuable, want to record live debates during Leadership race. Then Becoming an SU Media Volunteer is just for you. Gain first hand experience in a wide range opportunities. You don’t need to be a media wiz as training can be provided. 


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Whether you want to volunteer from home, on campus or off campus; with children, animals, the elderly or people in need, we’ll have a role to suit you. No matter what your previous experience, you can be the change.

>>> Register as an SU volunteer here <<<



Organisation looking for Volunteers?


If you are an organisation who is looking to offer volunteering opportunities through us – please email our Community & Volunteer Engagement Co-ordinator, Ben Read

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